Introducing our Executive Leadership Team of CentrePort Wellington

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Derek Nind (Chief Executive)
BCom, MCom
Chris Gregory (Chief Financial Officer)
CA, BCA Hons
Anthony Delaney (General Manager Infrastructure and Environment)
BEng (Civil), BCom (Mgmt)

Derek Nind is the Chief Executive, responsible for all group activity.

Derek joined CentrePort in August 2012, as General Manager Commercial and assumed the role of Chief Executive in December 2015.

He has extensive port knowledge having previously been Commercial Manager at Port Lyttelton and Southport.

He also has significant international trade experience with exporting roles at major New Zealand food processors.

Prior to coming to CentrePort Derek was with infrastructure specialist Delta where he was General Manager Market and Strategy and Development.

Derek holds a Master's Degree in Commerce from the University of Otago.


Chris Gregory is the CentrePort Chief Financial Officer. He joined CentrePort in July 2018 from managing the Commercial Operations group at Treasury. Prior to joining the Treasury, Chris had a 20-year career with PwC including eight years in their London office.


Anthony Delaney is the General Manager Regeneration.

Anthony is focused on leading the regeneration of the Port delivering strategic planning, linking in with CentrePort’s spatial and investment planning.

Anthony joined CentrePort in November 2016, following the Kaikorua Earthquake, and previously held the role of GM Infrastructure and Environment.

Anthony has acted as a Project Director on major infrastructure projects in both Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony is experienced in the planning and delivery of projects, and the asset management of large scale infrastructure businesses.

He has a civil engineering degree, and a Bachelor of Commerce, from the University of Wollongong.

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Murray Julian (General Manager People, Safety and Culture)
Andrew Locke (General Manager Commercial)
Andrew Steele (General Manager Ferries and Bulk)

Murray Julian is the General Manager People, Safety and Culture.

He has over twenty years’ experience in safety, people and capability and operational management. He was previously a GM at a NZ owned export manufacturing company with factories and sites in both New Zealand and overseas.

Murray is responsible for Health and Safety, People & Capability, along with Business Improvement.

Prior to this appointment, Murray was CentrePort’s Business Improvement Manager. He has been with CentrePort since 2011.

Murray has a Bachelor of Business Studies in commerce, majoring in human resource management.


Andrew Locke took up the role of General Manager Commercial in July 2019. He originally joined CentrePort in October 2018 as Manager Commercial.

The General Manager Commercial grows and develops CentrePort's business promoting services to existing and prospective customers and identifying business prospects and opportunities. A key focus of the role is building and strengthening commercial relationships with CentrePort's customers to grow loyalty and satisfaction.

Andrew has 27 years’ experience in the port industry including 22 years at Napier Port where he was Commercial Manager.


Andrew Steele is the General Manager Ferries and Bulk.

He is responsible for the growth, development and delivery of services to the ferry companies and oil companies across the Port.

Andrew joined CentrePort in April 2016 as Commercial Manager and became the General Manager Ferries and Bulk in January 2017.

Andrew has had a career spanning a number of industries and sectors in New Zealand and overseas. This has included the professional services, banking sector, professional sports administration and major international sporting events.

Prior to joining CentrePort Andrew was involved in the planning and delivery of Rugby World Cup 2011 and Cricket World Cup 2015.

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters of Management degree from Waikato University.

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Mark Thompson (General Manager Logistics)
Bernard Huizenga (General Manager Break Bulk)
Kieran Sweetman (General Manager, Capital)
BCom, CA

Mark Thompson is the General Manager Logistics. Mark is responsible for the strategic and long range goals across Container Services and Break Bulk. He joined CentrePort in June 2019 and brings 30 years' experience in executive leadership roles with national and international corporates in the areas of logistics, transport and supply chain solutions.

Mark joins CentrePort from KiwiRail where he has been General Manager Interislander for the past four years. He has held senior executive roles with Freightways, New Zealand Post Group and Couriers Please among others.


Bernard Huizenga is the General Manager Break Bulk. He is responsible for overseeing CentrePort’s bulk cargo operations including logs, dry bulk cargoes and vehicles, as well as cruise operations.

Bernard joined CentrePort in July 2019 bringing 30 years’ experience in the marine industry spanning roles in Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. His immediate previous role was with Swire Bulk where he was General Manager Commercial in Vancouver, Canada. He has held senior roles for AAL Shipping in the areas of business development and liner shipping solutions. He had previous roles with Swire Shipping, Tasman Orient Line and New Zealand Orient Line.


Kieran Sweetman is the General Manager Capital, responsible for managing CentrePort's insurance claims. He is Chair of CentrePort's joint venture company Direct Connect Container Services.

Kieran joined CentrePort in March 2013 after a career spanning a cross-section of industries and sectors including being a partner in Ernst & Young; Finance Director of MWH Asia-Pacific; and CFO roles at Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation and AMI Insurance.

Kieran is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Commerce degree from Auckland University.

Paul Terry (General Manager Infrastructure and Environment)

As General Manager Infrastructure and Environment, Paul oversees the management of the infrastructure maintenance programme supporting the commercial and operational activities of the Port.

He has responsibility for the planning and delivery of maintenance, renewals, and infrastructure-related projects and overseeing the asset management plan.

Paul has been with CentrePort for two years in the Infrastructure and Environment team, most recently as Delivery Director. He has a background in mechanical engineering and project management across the energy and commercial construction sectors.